Many people deal with stress every day. Work, family issues, health concerns, and financial obligations are parts of everyday life that commonly contribute to heightened stress levels.
What’s more, factors such as genetics, level of social support, coping style, and personality type influence a person’s vulnerability to stress, meaning that some people are more likely to become stressed than others
As we all realize, we never know what the future holds for us, therefore our worries about the future and all associated thoughts are not based on a reality. They are simply thoughts, and thoughts can be changed!
“Change your thoughts and change your world”, is a quotation I remember from years back by Norman Vincent Peale.
So how can we change our thoughts? First we must learn to stay in the present because the present is our reality. But with the ticking of each minute our reality changes. For the most part, we know what “is” today, but not tomorrow. Today, I have enough money, today I am loved, today my life is okay or excellent, but the reality is we only know our circumstances for this particular moment or today.
Setting our intentions for the day is the most important action you can take to alleviate stress.
Before you get out of bed tell to yourself:
- For today only, I will not anger,
- today only, I will not worry,
- today only I will have compassion,
- today only, I will work diligently and
- today only, I will have great gratitude for what I do have”.
This is the Reiki Prayer that has helped me to focus on today only. It can help you too. It can also be said when you go to bed at night by changing it to “For tomorrow only, I will not anger, etc. ” Saying any affirmations at night will help your subconscious mind absorb them, and reinforcing your efforts to stay focused on the next day only.
This will help keep all of the negative thoughts out of your mind. Stopping this “graffiti” in your mind from taking over.
Other ways to alleviate your stress reactions include: Learn the skills of conscious communication.
Learn to communicate your needs, your concerns and your wants, through mindful and compassionate communication. Remember, it isn’t what is said, but how it is said.
Yoga, is a healing practice that helps to balance your Mind, Body and Soul.
It helps you focus and leaves you feeling relaxed, and able to live a more peaceful life.
Meditation, this is the one practice that is so effective!. Meditation gives you access to your inner silence, a calm that is within all of us. Take the opportunity to learn this simple process.
It is a chance to quiet that constant graffiti going on in your brain. Give your brain an opportunity to rest, which in turn allows your body to rest. The benefits are not just for the mind, meditating can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol, and slow down the release of cortisol, which is the stress hormone.
As we come back from the summer holidays and transform our energies into high gear again, juggling work, deadlines, kid’s school schedules, their sports activities and other to do items, the stress level will go up again.
We have all experienced stress in our lives, but what is stress? Stress is usually a reaction to something that is based on a future event, an unknown, or our thoughts telling us we cannot cope with a situation. It may be a concern about a reaction you or someone else may have to a situation. This uncertainty results in your internal dialogue saying “what if this or what if that happens”. These thoughts are concerns and make yourself question your ability to keep up with the demands of your life. What if you lose your job, what if the relationship you’re in doesn’t last, what if. . .
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